The whole of India got in shock when the news of death of Bollywood singer Krishnakumar Kunath better known as KK surfaced up. According to the sources KK was performing a stage show at the iconic Nazrul Mancha Auditorium, Kolkata and after the show was over, KK was feeling unwell and returned to the hotel. After returning to hotel where his condition deteriorated and he was taken to hospital where he was declared death. Doctors believed the reason of death is heart attack. The news came as a shocker and tributes started pouring in from all over. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted,
“Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath popularly known as KK. His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti,”. Many Bollywood celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Armaan Malik, Rahul Vaidya, Anu Malik, Pritam, Onir, Shreya Ghoshal, Emraan Hashmi,Harshdeep Kaur, Shekhar Ravjiani etc paid their last tributes to him and expressed grief at his sudden demise.
KK was born in a Malayalam family in Delhi in 1968 and always aspired to be a singer. He started his career with singing jingles in ad promos and later he shifted to Mumbai and his big break came when he sang the song ‘Chod Aaye Hum Woh Galiyan’ for the movie Maachis. He gained popularity with the song “Tadap Tadap ke” from the Sanjay Leele Bhansali directed movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and after the success of the song there was no looking back for KK. He sang songs in many Indian languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali. He was one of finest Bollywood singer who gave many hits throughout his career and mesmerized listeners with his soothing and beautiful voice.
Friendship, love and nostalgia were important themes in KK’s songs and it reflected in his songs like the soulful Pal (Moment) and Yaaron (Friends). These two songs kind of became anthem during farewell in schools and colleges and for people who were grown up in 90s and 2000s, these two songs will always be part of their memories which they will cherish forever. His death has left a huge void in the music scenario of India that can’t be fulfilled ever. His partnership with music directors like Pritam and Vishal-Shekhar gave us gems like Aankhon main teri, Labo ko Labo Se, Tu Aashiqui Hai, Khuda Jaane, Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai, Kya Mujhe Pyaar, Dus Bahane and many more.
KK is survived by wife Jyothy Krishna and his son Nakul and daughter Taamara. His body was brought back to Mumbai where his son performed the last rites on 3rd June and many well-known people Hariharan, Javed Ali, Alka Yagnik, Rekha Bhardwaj ,Vishal Bhardwaj, Kabir Khan, Himansh Kohli and others came to pay their last respects. Today when KK will not among us physically, he will live forever in our hearts with his songs.